AAA Wall, Michigan (MI)

Location

AAA Wall, Michigan
Marquette, MI 49855
United States
46° 32' 51.2988" N, 87° 23' 44.142" W
US

In 1844, when William Burt and Jacob Houghton (the brother of geologist Douglass Houghton) discovered iron deposits near Teal Lake west of Marquette, the Jackson Mining Company, the first organized mining company in the region, was formed. Marquette continues to be a shipping port for hematite ores and, today, enriched iron ore pellets, from nearby mines and pelletizing plants. About 7.9 million gross tons of pelletized iron ore passed through Marquette's Presque Isle Harbor in 2005. There is some remaining stone, primarily quartzite that has left some great climbing routes here in Michigan. There is free camping near the rocks and you are asked to be respectful of the area.

Climbing Routes

Tripple A Wall- 5.7-5.11d This wall holds some nice routes, but if you climb during the summer heat, be sure to bring your insect repellant.

  • Greg’s Sonic Boom- 5.8 This is a great learning route for beginner climbers learning to lead. (Sport)
  • Protein Boy- 5.11a A great technical climb, beware of wet spots on the holds. (Sport)
  • Rope Dragger- 5.7 This is a nice little crack behind the fire pit. It is a simple and quick little adventure. (Traditional)
  • Satan’s Camaro- 5.12d Beautiful lines and sharp edges define this route and much like its namesake, it gives you just enough of a challenge to make your blood boil a little. (Sport)
  • Unnamed Crack- Unrated Loose rock and wet conditions could make for a tricky ascent. (Traditional)
  • Carbo Boy- 5.10d A fun climb with a deceptive middle section and a wet keeper at the end. (Sport)
  • Cheese and Crackers- 5.7 Ready to warm up? This one’s for you. (Sport)
  • Fine Wine- 5.9 Large holds and a slabby finish complete this climb. (Sport)
  • Finger Lickin’- 5.9 Gain the ledges and handle the crimps. (Sport)
  • Flying Gumbies- 5.10a Once you get past the overhang, expect to be challenged. (Sport)
  • Gobble Gobble- 5.8 The perfect first lead. Be careful not to fall on the boulder.

Amenities
There is free camping at AAA Wall.

Hotels
Ramada Inn
412 W Washington St, Business US41/M28
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 228-6000

Directions
Driving NW out of Marquette on CR550 turn left after a half hour on 510. The first "truck crossing" sign turn right. Go two miles, turn right at a side road, go 200 yards, left at the fork, 30 yards on the right is the crag.